Our Specialty Travel Consultants can work with you to build your ideal adventure.

Sandy Doss

Specialty Travel Consultant

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 1997
Life Motto: Life is an adventure!


Sandy, a former classroom educator, joined the Holbrook team in 1997 to support the quest for expeditionary learning, complementing the themes often explored in our classrooms with the opportunities for real-world understanding.  A biologist by degree, Sandy has enjoyed a career working with both national and state associations, higher education, K-12 education, and non-profit travel. Specializing in partnership development, Sandy has fostered organization-to-organization educational travel and faculty-led initiatives spanning the globe, with personal travels to all 7 continents.

Laura Hare

Specialty Travel Consultant

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 2007
Hidden talent: Oil painting

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Laura has a bachelor's degree in fine arts with a concentration in printmaking and art history from the University of Arizona. She also studied two years of Russian and Russian humanities. So far, her favorite travel memories are hiking the Inca Trail and walking on Viedma Glacier while trekking in Patagonia. She dreams of climbing Kilimanjaro and going on a safari. On the weekends she enjoys being outdoors, boating with her husband and dog in the springs and rivers of north Florida. 


Lisa Palmese-Graubard

Specialty Travel Consultant

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 1990
Can't live without: My family, my dogs and Redbull

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Lisa says she was sucked into the world of travel by Holbrook Travel and there was no looking back. She has visited 17 countries, swam with sea lions, and been in the middle of a herd of wild elephants. Ecuador is one of her favorite places to visit because of the rich Andean culture, the breathtaking scenery and beautiful blue water, and the snorkeling and sea lions on the Galápagos. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, being a mom to her daughter and anything that involves being in and around water.

Sandy Schmidt

Specialty Travel Consultant & Garden Tours Director

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 1992
Favorite quote: "Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” — Dalai Lama


Sandy’s first career was as a professional musician, from a Jr. in high school through her early thirties. She graduated in 1991 from UF with a BS in Horticulture. A year later she met Giovanna Holbrook and began her career at Holbrook. She has been a Specialty Travel Consultant throughout her time at Holbrook, working with all types of group travel and enjoys assisting friends and family travel as well. In 2006, she began the International Garden Tours of Holbrook Travel, serving as not only as a consultant but development of the itineraries. 

Debbie Sturdivant Jordan

Specialty Travel Consultant

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 1986
What inspires me: Nature


Debbie's hobbies include anything that involves boats: sailing, fishing, and rowing. She lived aboard a 36-foot sailboat from age 9 to 18 with her family, and they sailed from California to Florida and spent a lot of time in Costa Rica, Panama, and the Galápagos. She has been to 49 U.S. states but has yet to visit Hawaii — a place she can't wait to get to. 


Fran Whitlock

Specialty Travel Consultant & Air Specialist

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 1992
Foreign languages: English, Southernese

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Fran has been in the travel industry since 1978. She studied travel at Prospect Hall College in Ft. Lauderdale and received her CTC (Certified Travel Consultant) designation in 1990. Fran was born and raised in Florida but lived in Germany for seven years before returning to the sunshine state. At Holbrook, she fulfills the roles of air specialist and travel consultant, working with groups and individuals to craft personalized travel experiences both by land and air. She loves to relax with family, travel, and be outdoors, and has visited Costa Rica, Peru, Panama, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands.